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The 20 Biggest Los Angeles House Sales of 2012

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2012's year in LA house sales wasn't quite as blockbustery as 2011's, but it was still pretty bananas--the most expensive house (Ricardo Montalban's old estate in the Bird Streets) somehow fetched $38.98 million and the twentieth most expensive sold for $17.4 million. The top 20 is also pretty celebrity-/notable-person-packed, with appearances from actress Jennifer Aniston, comedian Ellen DeGeneres, host Ryan Seacrest, Texas Ranger Adrián Beltré, the Facebook-suing Winklevoss twins, and the In-N-Out heiress (plus the Michael Jackson death house). An amazingly wonderful tipster compiled this list from the public records and he notes that "almost half the houses ... were never on the MLS" (even houses that were never listed eventually have to appear on the tax rolls). Now here they are, the big 20 of 2012:

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1. Montalban House

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1423 Oriole Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90069

After selling in 2010 for $9 million, Ricardo Montalban's old estate sold once again this year, for a pretty unbelievable $38,980,000.

2. 22314 Pacific Coast Highway

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22314 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Malibu, CA 90265

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison racked up his ninth house on Billionaires' Beach (aka Carbon) when he bought former Yahoo! head Terry Semel's beach house for $36,944,000. He also bought a tenth in 2012.

3. 1196 Cabrillo Drive

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1196 Cabrillo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Celebrity real estate kingpin Ellen DeGeneres sold her Coldwater Canyon compound to Ryan Seacrest in May for $36,500,000.

4. 9577 Sunset Boulevard

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9577 Sunset Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

A Chinese couple finally bought the notorious Sunset Boulevard megamansion (avec gold doorknobs) this year for $34.5 million. It first came on the market in 2010 asking $68.5 million.

5. 800 Stradella Road

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800 Stradella Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077

Real estate hoarding restaurateur Peter Morton picked up this house in Bel Air in June for $25 million.

6. 755 Sarbonne Road

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755 Sarbonne Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077

This house in Bel Air sold for $24.5 million.

7. 56 Beverly Park

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56 Beverly Park Way, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This Beverly Park house designed by Rob Wellington Quigley sold in February for $21.75 million.

8. 7377 Birdview Avenue

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7377 Birdview Avenue, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Malibu, CA 90265

Equinox gym co-founder Danny Errico sold his Malibu house to Yife Tien, the founder of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, for $21 million. Tien also bought 56 Beverly Park.

9. 901 Airole Way

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901 Airole Way
Los Angeles, CA 90077

Actress Jennifer Aniston hits the list for the second year in a row--she bought this A. Quincy Jones in Bel Air right at the beginning of 2012 for $20.970 million.

10. 16 Beverly Park

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16 Beverly Park
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Lili Zanuck, the widow of megaproducer Richard Zanuck, sold off his place in Beverly Park for $20.1 million.

11. 54 Beverly Park

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54 Beverly Park Street, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Adrienne Maloof sold off her Beverly Park house mid-divorce for $19.5 million.

12. 1140 Laurel Way

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1140 Laurel Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This house in Beverly Hills sold in May for $18.2 million.

13. 100 North Carolwood Drive

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100 North Carolwood Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077

The house in Holmby Hills that Michael Jackson was renting when he died sold in the fall for $18.05 million. The sellers were Ed Hardy owner Hubert Guez and Roxanne Guez.

14. 9033 Briarcrest Lane

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9033 Briarcrest Lane, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The estate of late private equity billionaire Teddy Forstmann sold his house in Beverly Hills in May for $18 million.

15. 12705 Chalon Road

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12705 Chalon Road, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Los Angeles, CA 90049

This house in Brentwood, which appears to have belonged to the prime minister of Qatar sold in July for $18 million.

16. 1423 Tanager Way

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1423 Tanager Way
Los Angeles, CA 90069

The Facebook-suing Winklevoss twins headed west this year, buying a house in the Hollywood Hills for $18 million.

17. 1655 Gilcrest Drive

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1655 Gilcrest Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This house in Beverly Hills also sold for $18 million.

18. 930 Orlando Road

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930 Orlando Road
San Marino, CA 91108

This house in San Marino sold in January for $17.5 million.

19. 340 Old Ranch Road

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340 Old Ranch Road
Bradbury, CA 91008

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré sold his Bradbury house In-N-Out heiress Lynsi Martinez for $17.411 million.

20. 924 North Hillcrest Road

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924 North Hillcrest Road
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

And Ellen DeGeneres makes the list for a second time--she and wife Portia de Rossi are the latest in a long line of notable owners for this Hal Levitt-designed house in Beverly Hills. They paid $17.4 million.

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1. Montalban House

1423 Oriole Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90069

After selling in 2010 for $9 million, Ricardo Montalban's old estate sold once again this year, for a pretty unbelievable $38,980,000.

1423 Oriole Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90069

2. 22314 Pacific Coast Highway

22314 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Malibu, CA 90265

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison racked up his ninth house on Billionaires' Beach (aka Carbon) when he bought former Yahoo! head Terry Semel's beach house for $36,944,000. He also bought a tenth in 2012.

22314 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Malibu, CA 90265

3. 1196 Cabrillo Drive

1196 Cabrillo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Celebrity real estate kingpin Ellen DeGeneres sold her Coldwater Canyon compound to Ryan Seacrest in May for $36,500,000.

1196 Cabrillo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

4. 9577 Sunset Boulevard

9577 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

A Chinese couple finally bought the notorious Sunset Boulevard megamansion (avec gold doorknobs) this year for $34.5 million. It first came on the market in 2010 asking $68.5 million.

9577 Sunset Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

5. 800 Stradella Road

800 Stradella Road, Los Angeles, CA 90077

Real estate hoarding restaurateur Peter Morton picked up this house in Bel Air in June for $25 million.

800 Stradella Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077

6. 755 Sarbonne Road

755 Sarbonne Road, Los Angeles, CA 90077

This house in Bel Air sold for $24.5 million.

755 Sarbonne Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077

7. 56 Beverly Park

56 Beverly Park Way, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This Beverly Park house designed by Rob Wellington Quigley sold in February for $21.75 million.

56 Beverly Park Way, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

8. 7377 Birdview Avenue

7377 Birdview Avenue, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Malibu, CA 90265

Equinox gym co-founder Danny Errico sold his Malibu house to Yife Tien, the founder of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, for $21 million. Tien also bought 56 Beverly Park.

7377 Birdview Avenue, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Malibu, CA 90265

9. 901 Airole Way

901 Airole Way, Los Angeles, CA 90077

Actress Jennifer Aniston hits the list for the second year in a row--she bought this A. Quincy Jones in Bel Air right at the beginning of 2012 for $20.970 million.

901 Airole Way
Los Angeles, CA 90077

10. 16 Beverly Park

16 Beverly Park, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Lili Zanuck, the widow of megaproducer Richard Zanuck, sold off his place in Beverly Park for $20.1 million.

16 Beverly Park
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

11. 54 Beverly Park

54 Beverly Park Street, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Adrienne Maloof sold off her Beverly Park house mid-divorce for $19.5 million.

54 Beverly Park Street, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

12. 1140 Laurel Way

1140 Laurel Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This house in Beverly Hills sold in May for $18.2 million.

1140 Laurel Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

13. 100 North Carolwood Drive

100 North Carolwood Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90077

The house in Holmby Hills that Michael Jackson was renting when he died sold in the fall for $18.05 million. The sellers were Ed Hardy owner Hubert Guez and Roxanne Guez.

100 North Carolwood Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077

14. 9033 Briarcrest Lane

9033 Briarcrest Lane, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The estate of late private equity billionaire Teddy Forstmann sold his house in Beverly Hills in May for $18 million.

9033 Briarcrest Lane, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

15. 12705 Chalon Road

12705 Chalon Road, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Los Angeles, CA 90049

This house in Brentwood, which appears to have belonged to the prime minister of Qatar sold in July for $18 million.

12705 Chalon Road, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Los Angeles, CA 90049

16. 1423 Tanager Way

1423 Tanager Way, Los Angeles, CA 90069

The Facebook-suing Winklevoss twins headed west this year, buying a house in the Hollywood Hills for $18 million.

1423 Tanager Way
Los Angeles, CA 90069

17. 1655 Gilcrest Drive

1655 Gilcrest Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This house in Beverly Hills also sold for $18 million.

1655 Gilcrest Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

18. 930 Orlando Road

930 Orlando Road, San Marino, CA 91108

This house in San Marino sold in January for $17.5 million.

930 Orlando Road
San Marino, CA 91108

19. 340 Old Ranch Road

340 Old Ranch Road, Bradbury, CA 91008

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré sold his Bradbury house In-N-Out heiress Lynsi Martinez for $17.411 million.

340 Old Ranch Road
Bradbury, CA 91008

20. 924 North Hillcrest Road

924 North Hillcrest Road, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

And Ellen DeGeneres makes the list for a second time--she and wife Portia de Rossi are the latest in a long line of notable owners for this Hal Levitt-designed house in Beverly Hills. They paid $17.4 million.

924 North Hillcrest Road
Beverly Hills, CA 90210